My Voice or God’s?
Our mind is a powerful tool God gave us for communication. He lays conviction upon our heart and speaks to our mind in a still, small voice. Can you think of a time when you have struggled over something and can’t seem to differentiate what God is saying and what you are thinking? I know I have.
Is it God or is it me? It’s hard to tell. I feel like I’ve never had the chance to hear God Almighty’s voice audibly and what I do sounds a whole lot like the little voice in my head. That voice is quite a pest, but sometimes, if the voice contradicts my beliefs or what I’ve read in the Bible, I give it more attention.
The Bible lays out everything we need in order to know who our Creator is. If your father or mother were to call you from a random number on the phone, you’d most likely know who it was by their voice.
That’s how it is with God. When we pray and study about His character in the word, His “voice” rings clear in our minds. In John 10:27-28 it says, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish and no one will snatch them out of hand.” (John 10:27-28) Just as a sheep knows his shepherd’s voice, we will begin to learn the qualities and characteristics of our Saviour. In doing so, we will be able to decipher between the thoughts of a human and those of divine inspiration. “So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
God doesn’t always make it clear for us, yet our faith is rewarded. “God is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.” (1 Peter 3:9)
If that voice just keeps nagging and it won’t go away, ask God for clear guidance. He has blessed us with a gut feeling that leads our hearts to conviction. James speaks to those of us are having to justify our actions, saying “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
He’s a God who wants us to seek Him so we can have the ultimate clarity in our decision making. The more we seek Him, the more His voice will grow clear.
Kasondra Reel is a senior studying nursing.